November 10, 2013
Alex Kane and Lizzy Ratner host this show, which toggles between Iran, Poland and the vast spaces between.
We begin by exploring the diplomatic haggling between Western powers and Iran over Iran's nuclear program. Jamal Abdi, policy director of the National Iranian American Council, helps lay out what is at stake and why this round of negotiations may -- or may not -- make the difference.
Next we speak with film producer Dariusz Jablonski about Aftermath, the startling Polish thriller loosely based on the story of the Jedwabne massacre, the 1941 pogrom in which at least 340 Jews were killed by their Polish neighbors. The film has been kicking up controversy in Poland, particularly among right-wing nationalists who have descibed it as "anti-Polish propaganda."
Finally, we end with a conversation about contemporary Jewish life in Poland, from the nascent Jewish revival in Warsaw, Krakow and other towns to the hysterical anti-Semitic reaction to Aftermath. Our guest is Denise Grollmus, writer and recent Fulbright Scholar.